A24 road (Northern Ireland)

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Coordinates: 54°35′43″N 5°55′26″W / 54.5952°N 5.9238°W / 54.5952; -5.9238

The route of the A24 in red from Belfast city centre, County Antrim to Clough, County Down.

The A24 is a major road in Northern Ireland; running from Belfast, through Carryduff and Ballynahinch to Clough, near Newcastle where it meets the A2.[1]

The section of the A24 from Forestside Shopping Centre to Carryduff roundabout was named by European Road Assessment Programme (EuroRAP) as one of the six most dangerous sections of road in Northern Ireland in 2005. This part of the road is a four-lane undivided carriageway.

There has been a long-running campaign for a by-pass of the A24 around Ballynahinch.[citation needed] Geological surveys were conducted over twenty years ago to determine the route of the bypass but money has never been allocated by the Government.[citation needed] In the 1990s, various traffic control measures were introduced, including the present one-way system. All have failed, however, to cope with the sheer volume of traffic which passes through the town daily.[citation needed] The establishment of the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998 led to reports that a by-pass may commence sooner than the 6- to 15-year projection of the Direct Rule administration, supposing that a coalition of County Down MLAs could push the Executive to approve the project faster than Northern Ireland Office ministers would.[citation needed] The stop-start nature of devolution, however, made such a move impossible.